James Denselow

James Denselow is a writer on Middle East politics and security issues.


James writes regularly for The Guardian and has written articles for Middle East International, The Huffington Post The New Statesman, Syria Today, The World Today, The Daily Telegraph and The Yorkshire Post. He has been cited in many international publications including The Boston Globe, Voice of America, The Sunday Telegraph, Reuters and AFP

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James writes book, television and film reviews for International Affairs, Middle East International, The Arab and The Guardian

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James in the media - Watch James discussing Middle East issues on a variety of media platforms including the BBC, Al Jazeera and Russia Today
Human Terrain PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Denselow   
Monday, 26 July 2010 08:14

"As the wars worsened in Iraq and then Afghanistan, we set out to make a film that would answer the question everyone was asking: ‘Why do they hate us?’ We wished to expose the illusions of empire, how dreams of democracy, peace, and easy victory mutated into a nightmare of insurgency, corruption, and cycles of greater violence"

See Denselow review the film on Cinepolitics

Denselow on Latest Iraq Attacks PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Denselow   
Sunday, 18 July 2010 15:46

Suicide Bombers Kill at Least 46 in Iraq

Two separate explosions, targeting members of the Sunni Muslim Sahwa (Awakening) movement in Iraq have left dozens of casualties.  The Sahwa, or Sons of Iraq, helped U.S. forces put down an al-Qaida led insurrection during the worst days of sectarian strife in Iraq.

Iraq's 24/7 bombings PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Denselow   
Friday, 09 July 2010 16:35

In the week of Britain's 7/7 commemorations we should spare a thought for Iraqis living with the daily threat of terrorist attacks

On the day that Britain remembered the 7 July attacks that killed 52 people, the same number of Iraqis died in a series of attacks against Shia pilgrims across Baghdad.

If we extrapolate from the lowest estimate of Iraqi civilian deaths since 2003 – 96,872 according to Iraq Body Count – then Iraq has endured 9/11 more than 32 times, or 7/7 more than 1,800 times in the last seven years.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 July 2010 08:20
Denselow & Colonel Kemp on BBC Wales PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Denselow   
Wednesday, 07 July 2010 09:11

British troops in Afghanistan are to hand over responsibility for the Sangin area of Helmand province to US forces.

Denselow spoke of how 'we're fighting to leave Afghanistan, not to stay there' and the reality that handing over to US rather than Afghan troops reflects the slow progress in developing Afghan security forces.

Listen to the debate here - 1 hour 33 minutes in

The unknown Afghan body count PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Denselow   
Sunday, 04 July 2010 15:14

June was a terrible month for the war in Afghanistan. The milestone of the 300th British death was compounded by the most deadly month for the Nato-led mission since the start of the conflict.

The precise compilation of western casualties contrasts with almost criminal neglect in tracking the numbers of Afghan civilians killed since 2001. If Afghanistan is the "good war" then why are we not demanding to be accurately told how many skeletons there are in the Afghan closet?

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